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City Council OKs $13.1M water repair plan

By Leah Nicolini | October 29, 2015

City Council unanimously passed the first reading for a water rate increase to pay for public water maintenance Monday.The 10-year $13.1 million repair plan will fix the water supply well, improve water treatment, recoat the water tower and replace the...

Alderwoman to resign Friday

By Northern Star staff | October 1, 2015

Seventh ward Alderman Monica O’Leary said she will be resigning from her alderperson position Friday in an email to DeKalb Mayor John Rey.Rey read the email aloud Monday prior to the start of the City Council regular meeting and said he received it...

A University Village apartment building is seen at 722 N. Annie Glidden Road.

City Council approves University Village rezone

By Northern Star staff | September 15, 2015

After a heated discussion among both the City Council and those in attendance, the council voted to move the University Village rezoning project forward Monday.The ordinance will rezone University Village, 722 N. Annie Glidden Road, to ensure funding...

Some citizens still concerned over $50K cost of DeKalb website redesign

By Kristin Maglabe | March 29, 2015

Correction: In a March 30 article, “Some citizens still concerned over $50K cost of DeKalb website redesign,” the Northern Star reported the Department of Justice told DeKalb the city’s website did not meet the Americans with Disabilities Act’s...

The city of Geneva and village of Bensenville offer features like online payments and concern reports on their websites, which were designed by CivicPlus. DeKalb hired the company to bring the city’s website to code with the Americans with Disabilities Act and provide features like in the websites above. 

DeKalb pays 50K for site redesign

By Satta Kendor | February 23, 2015

DeKalb is undergoing a $50,570 website renewal project — a project $30,570 over budget — to comply with standards set by the Americans with Disabilities Act.First ward Alderman David Jacobson said the renewal of the city’s website has been in discussion...

Property tax goes up by 2.15 percent

By Kristin Maglabe | November 24, 2014

Correction: In a Tuesday article, "Property tax goes up by 2.15 percent," the Northern Star said City Council decided on a 2.15 percent property tax increase. The motion for the increase failed in a 4-4 tie. The motion for no increase was passed with...

Members of the DeKalb Municipal Band perform a Christmas song Monday at the City Council meeting in the DeKalb Municipal Building. The DeKalb Municipal Band is celebrating its 160th anniversary, making it the oldest band in the state. The band was invited to City Council to be publicly commemorated.

Businesses propose alternative plan for inspection ordinance

By Jessica Christofersen | November 10, 2014

FOCUS DeKalb attorney Mike Coghlan gave the City Council an ordinance that represents what some business owners want out of a controversial inspection ordinance Monday.The Commercial/Industrial Building Responsibility Code Ordinance, which would require...

DeKalb to begin charity work for City of Service

By Lark Lewis | April 22, 2014

As a City of Service, DeKalb will be able to receive more help for community service projects old and new.Mayor John Rey signed a proclamation on April 14 making DeKalb one of the newest Cities of Service under the Serve Illinois Commission. Serve Illinois...

City building may see structural changes

By Jessi Haish | September 24, 2013

With the police department’s departure from the municipal building as it moves into a new station, the facility will be left with no security for the first time since its construction in 1967.Possible adjustments of staff and renovations to the building...

New police station faces redesigns

By Brooke Shinberg | November 7, 2012

The new DeKalb police station is starting to take a new shape because of recent redesigns. The police station is being built on 700 W. Lincoln Highway. However, the original blueprint included more resources than are currently being included. Resources...

Brendon Gallagher has held the DeKalb 4th Ward Alderman position since 2009 after previously serving as a board member for the village of Shabbona.

City Council discusses housing ordinances in special session Wed.

By Jessi Haish | October 10, 2012

City Council members discussed proposed housing ordinances during a special meeting Wednesday. The council discussed a three strike rule which could lead to interior inspections. Also discussed were planned sidewalk inspections and how to fund the new...

Mayor Povlsen won’t run for mayor again

By Lauren Dielman | September 23, 2012

DeKalb Mayor Kris Povlsen announced he will not be running for re-election in this April. Povlsen served 11 years as an alderman and five years as mayor. “I think the main reason is after 16 years, maybe it’s time to step down,” Povlsen said. “I’ve...